Construction Underway on Multi-Service Centre for Homeless
June 28, 2011
Surrey – Construction of the Quibble Creek Health and Phoenix Transition Housing Centre at 13670 94A Avenue has begun. The City of Surrey and the Provincial Government are working in partnership to provide support services and transitional housing for those with mental health and addictions issues at risk of homelessness in Surrey.
The land Quibble Creek is being built on was provided by the City of Surrey, under the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the City and BC Housing toward the establishment of supportive housing units in Surrey. The Province will supply a $15 million grant and annual operational funding of $620,000 for the housing component. It will be operated by the Phoenix Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Society (Phoenix Society) and will include Fraser Health’s Recovery and Assessment Centre.
“Since 2009, we’ve taken over 350 people off the street in Surrey and found them permanent housing, thanks to our strong partnerships with the Province and community organizations,” said Mayor Dianne Watts. “This new development will help our most vulnerable citizens break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty. We are helping people build healthier lives by providing them with the support and housing they need.”
Under the terms of the MOU with BC Housing, the City of Surrey has committed to lease the land at a nominal rate and to waive all municipal development costs and fees and to expedite the approval process for this much needed housing project. In addition, the non-profit sponsor of the housing project may apply on an annual basis for a property tax exemption.
Two additional projects under the same MOU are also underway, the YWCA’s Alder Garden project and Coast Mental Health’s Timber Grove Apartments. Additional information can be found here: http://www.surrey.ca/plans-strategies/3176.aspx.
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Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor